Thunderbird 78.x and enabling OpenPGP by default

TT Mooney ttmooney at
Fri May 29 10:33:20 UTC 2020

What about the use case of people saving GPG encrypted attachments (or email archives) out of Thunderbird? They won’t be able to decrypt them externally, I take it.

So best practice would be for everything to leave a Thunderbird decrypted. But that needs to be very clear to the user.

I think I’d be more comfortable with an external private key, but I’m also really interested in a working configuration that’s maintainable.


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> On 28 May 2020, at 20:36, Kai Engert <kaie at> wrote:
> On 28.05.20 16:19, Jacques Angevelle wrote:
>> Another question is future use of GPG4Win, GPA & Kleopatra which are
>> companions of Enigmail for Windows OS. Will keyring be shared with OpenPGP?
> IIUC those tools are based on top of GnuPG.
> Thunderbird 78 will not use GnuPG in its default configuration, so you will not be able to use them with Thunderbird's internal keyring.
> No, currently the intention is that the Thunderbird keyring is considered internal data, stored in the Thunderbird profile directory, managed by Thunderbird, only.
> Kai
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